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After Four Years, Spierer Family Issues Plea
Updated June 3, 2015 8:49 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Lauren Spierer

(BLOOMINGTON) - It has been four years today since Indiana University student Lauren Spierer disappeared after a night of partying.

Despite national attention and years of investigation, no arrests have been made in the case, and the cause of her disappearance remains unknown.

"Four years ago today, Lauren disappeared. She had just finished her sophomore year at Indiana University," Charlene Spierer wrote. "She had everything to live for. Someone took a life full of promise, away from our daughter. That person continues to breathe the same air Lauren should be breathing. Living their life, seemingly as if they have no responsibility for Lauren's disappearance. I trust that somehow, some day, someone will be held accountable.

"It is impossible to explain, as we continue to search for Lauren, what the experience of having a missing child is like," she added. "There is no explanation for why this has happened. Imagine learning one of the most important people in your world has disappeared and there is not enough information available from friends and acquaintances to find them."

"There is no reason to think the people Lauren was last with, wouldn't do everything in their power to help us find her," Charlene wrote. " But, alas, there is deafening silence. That silence compounds our frustration, our desperation and our grief in not having found Lauren. It threatens to be our undoing but make no mistake, we will never give up."

The message, posted to the @NewsOnLaurenS Twitter feed, includes a plea for anyone with information about Lauren's disappearance to contact Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477 or Beau Dietl & Associates, the private investigator hired by the family to aid in the search. The agency can be reached at 800-777-9366. Information can also be sent to: Find Lauren, P.O. Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402 or emailed to helpfindlauren@gmail.com.

The Timeline:

Friday, June 3, 2011

12:30 a.m. - Witnesses report that Lauren left her apartment with a friend named David Rohn. The pair went to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment and she met up with Cory Rossman, Rosenbaum's neighbor.

1:46 a.m. - Spierer is seen entering Kilroy's Sports bar with Cory Rossman.

2:27 a.m. - She is seen exiting the bar with Rossman. Lauren left her cell phone and shoes at the bar. She had taken off her shoes when she walked out onto the sand-covered patio. Rossman walked with Spierer to her apartment complex.

2:30 a.m. - She is then seen entering Smallwood Plaza apartments, where her residence is located. A passerby named Zach Oakes noticed her level of inebriation and asked if she was okay. Rossman reportedly replied: "She's OK, I got it." Oakes stated that he told Rossman to take her back to her room. Rossman cursed at Oakes, which led to an altercation in which Oakes punched him, knocking him to the floor. Rossman claimed that this blow caused him to lose his memory of the evening.

2:42 a.m. - Exits apartment complex. Police reported that Spierer did not go to her fifth-floor apartment during this short visit. Surveillance video shows Spierer stumbling and Rossman helping her to her feet and walk out of the building. A few minutes later, she is witnessed by a bystander sitting down on a staircase and falling backwards, hitting her head on the concrete step. The noise of the impact was loud enough for the bystander to hear it and ask whether she was all right. According to the woman, Rossman replied, "She's OK, I'll take care of it." After they continued up the street, she is witnessed falling again. Because of her intoxication level, she didn't raise her hands to cushion the blow and her face hit the ground unguarded. A few steps later, she fell a third time. At this point, Rossman began carrying Spierer.

2:48 a.m. - After she left the apartments, she entered an alley that runs between College Avenue and Morton Street. Security cameras mounted on nearby apartments show her exit the alley at 2:51 a.m. and walk toward an empty lot. Spierer's keys and purse were found along this route through the alley. Spierer and Rossman arrived at Rossman's apartment shortly after. Michael Beth, his neighbor, was in his own apartment studying. Rossman himself was very intoxicated and stumbling. He vomited on the carpet on the way upstairs. Beth stated that he escorted Rossman to bed. He then tried to persuade Spierer to sleep over for her own safety. He claimed Spierer said she wanted to return to her own apartment.

3:30 a.m. - Beth said he then phoned his neighbor, Rosenbaum, wanting him to take care of her. Beth said that Spierer was attempting to get Beth to drink with her at her own apartment. She eventually went to Rosenbaum's apartment, where he observed bruise under her eye, presumably sustained in the falls earlier in the evening. She told him she didn't know how she got the bruise. Two calls were placed from Rosenbaum's phone shortly before she is reported to have left. Rosenbaum said Spierer placed both calls, one to Rohn and one to another male friend. Neither picked up and no messages were left.

4:30 a.m. - Rosenbaum reports that she left the apartment. This is the last reported sighting of Lauren Spierer. He reported last seeing Spierer at the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue, headed south on College. She was last seen wearing black leggins, a white shirt, and no shoes.

Several hours later that morning, Jesse Wolff sends Lauren a text. He gets a reply back from an employee at the bar. He reports her missing.



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